A turtle withdraws
Its legs, I withdraw
My will
Into the shell of Self
I am witness


Peonies opening
Infinitesimally burgeoning
Like two moons full, glistening
On the clear, cool windowpane
Of consciousness


EDITH DICKINSON TIPPLE lives in Santa Barbara, CA and has been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1963. She is Editor of What the Disciples Said About It, Realizing God and A Challenge to Modern Minds and is a contributor to Prabuddha Bharata, Vedanta Kesari, Samvit, and American Vedantist. EDITHTIPPLE@GMAIL.COM

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